Notable landmarks include (from left to right, just out of view): The James C. Hart Memorial Building, Rochester General (City) Hospital, Magne Jewel Memorial Buuilding and the Nurses' Home (Isabella Hart Memorial Building).


People standing outside entering the original Rochester General (City) Hospital and Nurses' Home in Downtown Rochester, NY. 

Circa 1911. 

Neglected, in disrepair, and overrun by wild pigs, the city's West Cemetery lot was donated as the site for the Rochester City Hospital in 1851. In debt after its construction, the hospital was completed in 1962 but was unable to open and remained vacant for nearly two years. After a fundraising effort, it finally opened in 1864. Staffed with one physician, one surgeon, a resident physician, a cook, a laundress, and nurses hired on a week to week basis, they admitted their very first patient, Maggie O'Brien, on February 5, 1864, for the treatment of a tapeworm. Within the year, the City Hospital was treating hundreds of Union soliders in the final years of the American Civil War. To meet the demand, an East Wing was built in 1865, and later a West Wing in 1871. The School of Nursing was established in 1880. The hospital then changed its name to "Rochester General Hospital" in 1911 to reflect its full range services the community. It responded to the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, and was the center of organized military hospitals as referred to as  "Base Hospital 19" in the First World War, and as the "19th General Hospital" later on during World War 2. The hospital opened Western New York's first Premature Infant Nursery in 1951.  Upon the establishment of the Rochester General Hospital "Northside campus" (on Portland Avenue) in 1956, it was referred to as the “Westside campus," . This Westside campus would close 10 years later, in 1966, after 102 years of service, leaving Northside as Rochester's existing General Hospital. 


Present-day view would be from West Avenue (now West Main Street) between Reynolds, Troup and Prospect Streets (next to Troup Street Park), click here.

General Hospital and Nurses Home, Rochester, NY

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